Safari Plains Experiences


The varied habitats on the Greater Mabula Game Reserve provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five, other predators such as Brown Hyena and Jackal and Cheetah, and an impressive variety of antelope from Red Hartebeest to Eland, Gemsbok and Blesbok. That’s not to mention the elusive cheetah, cheeky honey badger and the omnipresent crèches of warthogs that flit across one’s path during your safari.

An early Morning safari around sunrise and afternoon Safari with sundowners are offered to lodge guests, and depending on the time of year you visit, each experience can be unique. Watch the vivid change of the seasons as the green thickets and grasslands give way to the bushveld greys and yellows of autumn.

See Impala, Zebra, Giraffe, and Ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains; the herd of elephant crashing through thick bush to get to the juiciest leaves and a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water.

Admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt or watch silently as the beautiful, yet terrifying, Golden Orb spider spins her thick web across two Silver Cluster Leaf trees.

Each safari drive will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an authentic African landscape to delight your senses.

  • 300 bird species
  • 60 mammals
  • Big Five
  • Numerous plants, reptile and insect species
  • Qualified Guides conduct open vehicle safari in luxury land cruisers across the 12 000 hectare private reserve.
Winter Safari Times: Apr – Sep Summer Safari Times: Oct – Mar
06h30 Morning safari depart 05h30 Morning safari departs
09h00 – 09h30 Morning safari returns 08h00 Morning safari return
15h30 Afternoon safari departs 16h30 Afternoon safari departs
18h15 Afternoon safari returns 19h00 Afternoon safari returns


Leaving from the lodge, Guides will accompany you on an experience that introduces you to Nature on an intimate level. Being on foot allows you to witness the detail of both Flora and Fauna on a different scale, often highlighting smaller and less familiar species. Guides are specifically qualified to undertake walking safaris and are well equipped to ensure safety.

Wear comfortable walking shows and khaki coloured clothing to blend in with the natural environment. Bright colours are not permitted.

  • Departure time: 05h30 (summer) – 06h30 (winter)
  • Minimum Guests: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Age restrictions: Below 16 years not permitted

These activities can be booked at reception at an additional charge.


Horseback Safaris offer a different perspective for wildlife viewing. Benefit from the height and mobility offered from being mounted that sets this opportunity aside from other activities.

Experienced Guides ensure that riders are aware of the necessary safety precautions. Long trousers and closed shoes are recommended.

  • Departure Times Summer: 06h00 – 09h00 | 16h00
  • Departure Times Winter: 07h00 – 10h00 | 15h00
  • Length of the trail: 2 hours (1.5 hour on the trail, and a half an hour for induction)
  • Age restrictions: Below 5 years not permitted

These activities can be booked at reception at an additional charge.


Participate in an adventure over interesting trails on a Quad Bike. With the emphasis on safety, guides ensure that participants are wearing the necessary safety gear before exploring the reserve. the safari is undertaken on 250cc Suzuki Quad bikes that can be driven in manual or automatic.

  • Departure Times Summer: 07h00, 10h00, 15h00 and 17h00
  • Departure Times Winter: 08h00, 11h00, 14h00 and 16h00
  • Frequency: 1.5 hours (1 hour on the trail, and a half an hour for induction), daily
  • Age restrictions: Below 5 years not permitted

These activities can be booked at reception at an additional charge.


  • Rooiberg Gold Course – 35km away (014) 734 1752
  • Warmbaths Golf Course – 45km away (014) 734 3602
  • Zebula Country Club – 7km away (014) 734 7700


The Balloon Crew, consisting of the pilot and two crew members, will arrive at the Lodge the evening prior to the flight, meet the passengers and brief them on the following morning’s balloon safari.  The flight lasts approximately one hour, starting at 06h00 at a suitable area selected on the reserve – the latter depending on the flight direction and meteorological conditions of the day.  Our Rangers will transfer you back to the Lodge in time for breakfast.

The above includes your flight, champagne served during the flight and a certificate for “bravery”.

These activities can be booked at reception at an additional charge.


The Safari Plains kids entertainment program will keep your kids entertained for hours with various activities.

Click here for more information on the kids program.


Indulge in an exotic menu of time honoured spa treatments under the skilful hands of our therapists.

We are dedicated to providing you with a truly relaxing experience, through treatments that will leave you feeling brand new and completely revitalised.

Please see our Spa brochure for more exciting treatments we have to offer.




In-room gym bags available for use at the lodge, click here to find out more.


The ideal venue to host your next meeting

If you are currently planning a conference, then Safari Plains conference centre boasts all the facilities of an exclusive getaway as your conference attendees will be sure to experience a memorable adventure. Our conference facility is perfect for groups of up to 60 delegates, with exclusivity and luxury being the most obvious aspects of the conference offering.

Pair your conference with a wide array of activities to create a memorable event. With so much to do, see and experience, Safari Plains is the ideal conferencing facility that can offer exclusivity of the lodge and reserve.

Total Numbers:
Classroom 40
Theatre 60
Herringbone 48
U-Shape 26
Boardroom 16
Hollow Square 32


The ideal venue to host a romantic wedding

Arrangements can be as glamorous or as understated as you prefer, book the lodge exclusively for your use as wedding venue, so that we can devote our entire team to creating the most memorable experience for you and your guests at your weddings. Our facilities in the lodge can accommodate up to 60 guests. The ceremony can be held on the large wooden deck of the main lodge with its magnificent vistas, or weather permitting, in the untamed bush, followed by a luxurious reception in Safari Plains spectacular dining room. Speak to our team regarding availability and assistance with arrangements.

For more information contact us on +27 (0) 11 516 4367 or email res@extraordinary.co.za

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